UN inspectors tight-lipped

MANAMA (AP) - United Nations weapons inspectors yesterday searched unimpeded for evidence of Iraq's programme to develop weapons of mass destruction, but in a reversal

of previous missions, they refused to say where they had been.

The team, the first to go to Iraq since a controversial inspection of the Agriculture Ministry in Baghdad in July, completed its second 10-hour working day without problems, according to UN officers in Baghdad.

Tension over the team's work is high, after Iraq's warning that again it will not be allowed into ministry headquarters. Nikita Smidovich, the first Russian to head a UN arms inspection team in Iraq, said everything went smoothly, but he would not say where he had been or planned to go next.